Many head and neck cancers start in the mouth as oral cancer. The most common places are the throat and tongue. An oral cancer screening begins with a visual exam of your mouth and tongue tissues by your dentist. If there is an area of concern, further testing can be done by a biopsy of sample tissues or cells of the tongue under a microscope. As with all types of cancers, early detection always provides the best prognosis. At South Blvd Dentistry, oral cancer screening is a regular part of your general dental care.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Dentists check for mouth cancer by checking the tongue, beneath the tongue, the gums, the hard and soft palate and the tonsils. In a screening for oral cancer, the dentist will look for several signs: discoloration, irregularities, lesions or masses, asymmetry or limited movement of the tongue, growths, redness, ulcerations or rough spots beneath the tongue, or on the hard and soft palates as well as the tonsils.
Besides cancer, these symptoms are also associated with gum disease or periodontal disease. In either case, an early examination is the best preventive measure. A periodontal examination, along with an oral cancer screening is included in the annual cleaning and checkup. It is one of the many reasons that it is important to schedule and keep regular appointments for dental exams.
If you are brushing and flossing your teeth and notice any irregularities or symptoms of oral cancer, gum or periodontal disease, call South Blvd Dentistry for an appointment. We can perform an oral cancer screening and periodontal examination to determine if there is a need for concern and/or treatment. Our team specializes in both identifying oral cancer and periodontal therapy. Please visit our convenient location in Charlotte or contact our office today to schedule your next dental exam. It is a serious matter for your general health.